Jan 20

Huaca Pucllana

by in Peru

Huaca Pucllana is the name for a bunch of ruins that pre date the Inca’s by about 100 years! I found out that the Inca Empire only reined for about 100 years. It came and went in the 16th century. Really, not that long ago. But the reason they are so famous, is that they get credit for finishing and completing with a lot of other civilizations before them started.

It’s local in the Miraflores district of Lima, right in the middle of the city. They charge 10 soles to enter and you get a tour guide to tell you all about the place as you walk around. These people used to perform human sacrifice. The really interesting thing, at least to me, is that it was a matriarchal society and they sacrificed women! So, presumably, it was an honor to be chosen as one to be sacrificed to the gods during those days.

These ruins are not where they lived. This area is more of a commerce center for trade and religious celebrations. The people lived closer to the coast and were fisherman by trade. Another interesting tid-bit is that these ruins are basically earthquake proof. The civilization that built them knew of the earthquakes in the region and built it structurally to withstand them. And even today, they are still standing after very large earthquakes.


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